Bay of Islands Walking Weekend
Opua Forest Traverse - Walk 11A
Leave Russell and catch the ferry to Paihia where you will be met by Stella from Papatūānuku Earth Mother Tours, she will take you on an informative, educational short walk through a native Kauri forest in the Opua State Forest where you will learn how traditional Maori once used the forest to live and support their growing families. She will share her knowledge of the birds the trees and the insects and show you how her ancestors used the different plants and trees to make their clothing, medicines, musical instruments and many other things.
She will also show you how things are very different now and how once the forest was trapped to sustain life and now how it needs to be trapped to save the creatures in it.
Stella will drop you with Brad from Bay Bush Action who will take you on the Oromahoe Traverse, a medium to hard walk, a unique opportunity to walk this ancient trail used by Māori for hundreds of years, that runs right through the heart of the stunning Opua State Forest. Learn about the community’s mammoth effort in taking out over 11,000 pests and the explosion of native wildlife that followed, particularly the magnificent Northern Green geckos, kiwi, wood pigeons, tomtits, owls, and so much more.
At the end of the walk Stella will meet you and you can all relax and enjoy some homemade Maori fry bread with local honey and herbal tea. Stella will drop back at the Bay Belle ferry for your return to Russell!
Saturday 17th October
Start time 08.30am
Return HQ 2.45pm
Duration – walking time – 5hrs
Grade – Fairly hard
Cost: Adult $50, Child $30 (includes transport, ferry and bush snacks and herbal teas)
Maximum walkers - 11
Meet at the Russell Bowling Club
Category - Family friendly – Children 10 years plus
All walks depart from the Russell Bowling Club in Russell. There are many walks to book on - so look at all the walks you can do over the 3 days. The walks are all guided, and the guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the region.
Visit our website to see all the walks you can do.
For more on accommodation and what is on in the region - speak to Collette - Russell Information Centre - 0800 633 255 or (09) 403 8020 (Russell Office).